Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Parliament

Department of the House of Representatives — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the House of Representatives 0.3 0.4

The Government will provide $0.7 million over two years to the Department of the House of Representatives to support its operations. This includes support for the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government and the Joint Select Committee on Broadcasting Legislation and funding to support the sitting hours of the House of Representatives and Federation Chamber.

This measure also extends for one year funding provided in the 2011‑12 Budget measure titled Parliament — additional operational support to cover the costs of additional sitting hours.

Department of the Senate — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the Senate 1.2 1.2 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $3.6 million over four years to the Department of the Senate to support its operations. This includes support for the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (PJCHR); funding to coordinate online publishing of all papers tabled in the Senate; and to engage a specialist officer to perform legislative drafting, including private Senators' bills and motions.

This is in addition to the funding of $1.7 million over four years to support the PJCHR, provided in the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Parliament House — 25th Anniversary

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Parliamentary Services 0.1

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2012‑13 to the Department of Parliamentary Services to meet costs of making a permanent record of the 25th Anniversary of Parliament House.

Parliament House — Schools Hospitality Program

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the House of Representatives 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.3 million over four years to the Department of the House of Representatives (DHR) to provide refreshments to school groups visiting Parliament House.

The cost of the refreshments was previously met from within the existing resources of the DHR.

Parliamentary Budget Office — enhanced capability and functions

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Parliamentary Budget Office 0.1 1.0 1.0 1.4 1.0

The Government will provide an additional $4.5 million over five years to enhance the Parliamentary Budget Office's fiscal policy analysis and costing capabilities and to produce post‑election assessments of election commitments (within 30 days after a general election). This funding will begin immediately.

The funding includes $0.5 million in 2015‑16 to provide additional costing capacity prior to an election. Initial funding of $0.5 million for the Office for the 2013 election was provided in the 2011‑12 Budget.

Further information can be found in the speech transcript of 22 February 2013 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.

Note: Where possible, Budget documents are available in HTML and for downloading in Portable Document Format(PDF). If you require further information on any of the tables or charts on this website, please contact The Treasury.